Yet another Sumathi Tele Awards Ceremony was held
in Colombo recently for the 11th successive year.
Many talented tele artistes had been presented
awards along with cash prizes. Awards ceremonies of this nature
are being organized with the aim of improving the talents of the
dedicated people in the field. I appreciate the judges and the people
who work hand in hand to make this annual event a success.
However, this festival would be more meaningful
if the enthusiastic artistes in the Tamil and English mediums are
treated in the same manner. I believe Sumathi Group of Companies
will make a positive move towards achieving this timely goal in
order to enhance the dedication of the artistes who perform in the
English and Tamil mediums.
I wish success and prosperity in all that you
undertake in the interest of the artiste and the television viewers.
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A bouquet for ‘DORAMADALAWA’
Hundreds of listeners look forward to listen to
‘Doramadalawa’ on T.V.
The Director of this programme should rightly
be congratulated for giving us the opportunity to listen to a programme
of this nature.
It would be more interesting and of greater benefit
to listeners if the members of the panel be changed at least once
a month. One would like to see new faces. This would add variety
and make the programme more interesting and meaningful.
Speaking of new faces - one cannot but think of
none other than Rev. Dr. Aloysius Pieris - a Catholic priest - a
theologian of international fame. The local press describes him
-most aptly as the unity priest. He is an internationally recognized
scholar of theology Buddhist Philosophy and Indology. He is a master
of many languages.
Dr. Aloysius Pieris represents the highest values
of religious harmony and solidarity. Recently his 70th birthday
was celebrated with contributions to a book printed in his honour
- by internationally famous philosophers and theologians. He is
known in Sri Lanka for his ground-breaking work on Asian Theology.
Among Buddhist academics he is known for his studies
in scholastic Theravada Buddhist philosophy.
Dr. Pieris is also engaged in doing pioneering
work in the field of inter-religious dialogue.
His main pre-occupation has been the improving
of inter-religious understanding and building bridges between and
Today when some rabid extremists are trying to
fan the flames or religious hatred it would be timely and of great
benefit to listeners to listen to this eminent philosopher and theologian
of international fame.
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‘Children's Radio’: None asked for one
About the British, it is said that they invent
ed games like Rugger, Cricket, Hockey etc, and when other countries
catch-up on them and started beating them, they invent another game.
Similarly, SLBC begins radio broadcasts barely
needed. These fade away after an year or so and then they begin
another possibly to accommodate those tapping at the Ministers'
door for employment.
There was the SLBC 'World Service' and then the
'Sports Service', they all died a natural death.. Children's programs
conducted through the normal services are quite adequate for the
children to listen, and now children prefer T.V.
How many children or even their parents will take
time to pick this stations wavelength; they will be attending tuition
classes during these times instead.
SLBC does not have the strength to play a requested
song. (they mention your name and play some other irrelevant piece),
people are not dedicated, so how can they cater to the needs of
Please don't make children scapegoats.
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A blatant miscarriage of judgement
The Sirasa Superstar competition is now over and
the winner has been selected. Unfortunately the judges of the super
star competition have been the general public the majority of whom
do not have knowledge in music and its intricacies. Listeners were
expected to send SMS messages or telephone a particular number re.
their selections which I believe is a travesty of justice and fairplay
insofar as the competitors are concerned. There were observers,
some with degrees in music from Bhatkande who only cherished the
pleasure of commenting on the musical talents and capabilities of
the competitor. This generally would not suffice when a competition
of this nature is in progress.
As a past student of classical music, in an out
of school, I feel constrained to believe that the whole exercise
borders on tomfoolery if not a diabolical farce.
A three-member panel of judges would have presented
a clearer picture of the proceedings at least during the last three
rounds of this singing competition. And the three members should
have had the necessary qualifications in the field of music. But
instead resorting to judgement by the public has ended in poor taste.
I have no quarrel regarding the selection of the
so-called superstar but still there would have been some degree
of satisfaction to the general public if the selections were made
under standard conditions because no competition is conducted to
perfection without it being judged by persons qualified to judge
Another point one has to ponder is the subject
of influencing the SMS or telephone voters by getting one person
to tell ten others and so on and so forth in order to boost the
number of votes to a particular competitor. Thus there could be
a blatant miscarriage of judgement in the selections in this competition.
Hence it would be most welcome if Sirasa TV superstar
organizers would take this matter seriously and conduct their future
super star competitions by having musicians accomplished in their
professions to be the judges of these competitions so that the general
public would have no cause to cast about.
And finally I wish to add my compliments to Messrs.
Rukantha Gunatillake, Jagath Wickremasinghe and to Ms Nirosha Virajini
for conducting the preliminaries of this competition with professional